Spiritual Care for Healing and Support

At St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, our mission is to treat each person with dignity and respect, reaching out to everyone in need, and adhering to the principles of Catholic health care as we follow Jesus in his healing ministry. We do this by providing ongoing pastoral and spiritual support for patients and their families, serving all individuals regardless of religious beliefs or customs, and being a spiritual and supportive presence to our staff.

Pastoral care and spiritual support are integral to the body, mind, and spirit focus of the health care offered at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital. Continuing the healing ministry of Jesus to which we have been called, we affirm the sanctity of life, advocate for the poor and underserved, serve the common good, and minister from the stance of justice, integrity, and respect for the dignity of each person.

Spiritual Care Staff   ​

St. Catherine of Siena Hospital pastoral care team

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.

St. Catherine of Siena, after whom our hospital is named

Chaplain Availability

Chaplains are on duty Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A priest chaplain is on duty seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and then on call until the next morning.

Our Chaplains

  • Sr. Edith Menegus, OSU, BCC, Director of Pastoral Care
  • Sr. Mary Preenika Dabrera, CSJ, BCC
  • Fr. Augustine D’Souza, OFM Cap, BCC
  • Fr. Francois Eale, BCC
  • Fr. Duncan Onyango, FMH

Our Pastoral Care Program

The pastoral care team at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital provides ongoing pastoral and spiritual care and support for patients and their families, serving all individuals regardless of religious beliefs or customs. Our services include:

  • Facilitating spiritual conversations for patients and their families and mediating conflict.
  • Offering worship, ritual and prayer for patients, their family members, and our staff, which are essential to healing and to our work. These include sacraments, Catholic and interfaith prayer and religious services.
  • Morning and evening prayer, using offerings from scripture and other prayer resources, are transmitted daily throughout the hospital.
  • Prayer in support of hospital staff is offered daily at 3:00 p.m. and transmitted throughout the hospital.
  • Providing a spiritual and supportive presence to our staff.
  • Ministering compassionately to staff through non-judgmental, spiritual and emotional support and counsel while keeping the utmost confidence.
  • Offering comfort and support in times of grief and in crisis situations affecting patients and their families.
  • Offering emotional and spiritual support for accumulated grief and trauma of staff members.
  • Assisting patients to utilize their personal resources of faith when dealing with illness.
  • Responding in a timely manner to all emergencies and deaths.
  • The Pastoral Care Director is a member of the Code Lavender team. Members are trained for crisis intervention to support emotionally and spiritually a staff member or unit experiencing a stressful event.
  • Patients are seen by a priest chaplain within 24 hours of admittance. The Sacrament of the Sick is offered to Catholic patients and a blessing/prayer is offered to everyone else.
  • Chaplains serve on the Palliative Care core team as the spiritual professional offering assistance in end-of-life issues and goals of care conversations.
  • Offering the Emily’s Gift ministry, a special bereavement program for families suffering an early pregnancy loss.

The Sacrament of the Sick is offered to every Catholic patient within 24 hours of admittance. Holy Communion is offered to patients and their family members by our priest chaplains, chaplains and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered upon request, assuring the individual’s privacy.

During COVID-19, the Catholic chaplains and priest chaplains respond to requests for Communion.

A patient or family member may request Communion by calling the Pastoral Care office at 631-862-3104.

Mass is offered in our chapel seven days a week at 12:00 p.m. and televised to patients’ rooms on Channels 3 and 6.

Holy Communion is distributed during the day, usually between 10:00 a.m. and 5 p.m., by our volunteer extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.

During COVID-19, the Catholic chaplains and priest chaplains respond to requests for Communion.

A patient or family member may request Communion by calling the Pastoral Care office at 631-862-3104. 

Bereavement support is offered on an individual basis for patients and/or family members upon request or as needed. This support may continue for the patient after discharge and for the family member in person or by phone. The director of Pastoral Care, also a board certified chaplain, is responsible for this program.
 

Patients must first grant permission to the chaplain for a religious leader from his or her own worship center to be contacted. With this permission, the chaplain may make the call and speak directly to the religious leader or leave a message asking the religious leader to return the call without leaving the name of the patient. An appropriate visit will be arranged if possible.

After hours, the hospital operator will contact the priest chaplain on call or the Director of Pastoral Care for an appropriate resolution. Staff will arrange such a visit, if possible.  

St. Catherine of Siena Hospital participates in a joint Ethics Committee with St. Charles Hospital. The joint Ethics Committee will be called together for an ethics consult whenever necessary and follow the appropriate protocol. Our pastoral care staff perform all their functions, including ethical consultation, in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services

 

Urgent Referrals

In emergencies, call the St. Catherine of Siena Hospital operator at 631-862-3000 who will then contact the chaplain and/or priest chaplain on duty. A call may also be made to the Pastoral Care office or the Pastoral Care Director when necessary. 

Non-Urgent Referrals 

Non-urgent referrals, known as spiritual referrals, are entered into the Electronic Health Record (EHR) of a patient. These referrals are monitored on a regular basis during the day by the chaplains who enter an appropriate note, mindful of patient confidentiality, after the visit has taken place. The Pastoral Care Department may also be contacted at 631-862-3104.

Do you or a loved one need palliative care?

Our dedicated palliative care specialists help patients achieve the best quality of life.

Sr. Mary Preenika Dabrera

“I am guided by the Charism of Sisters of St. Joseph: ‘Love God and love neighbor without distinction.’ We are called to be the healers of the world. I’m here to be a compassionate, healing presence to anyone I encounter.”

-Sr. Mary Preenika Dabrera, CSJ, BCC, chaplain at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood

She is pictured with Fr. Augustine D’Souza, OFM Cap, BCC.

Sr. Mary Preenika Dabrera and Fr. Augustine D’Souza

Catholic Health's pastoral care team welcomes prayer requests for spiritual support.

Our I-CARE Values

Integrity: We are who we say we are and act in accordance with the splendor of truth of our Catholic moral teaching and our Catholic values.

Compassion: We have compassion for our patients, see the suffering Christ in them, strive to alleviate suffering and serve the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of our patients.

Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Respect: We honor the sanctity of life at every stage of life and the dignity of every person, and incorporate all the principles of Catholic social teaching in our relationships and advocacy.

Excellence: We seek the glory of God in the compassionate service of our patients, and we strive to do the best that can be done, whatever our role.

Our Mission

We, at Catholic Health, humbly join together to bring Christ’s healing mission and the mission of mercy of the Catholic Church expressed in Catholic health care to our communities.

 

Role of Spiritual Care at Catholic Health

 

Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services